TS Beryl makes landfall in Florida

Tropical storm warnings issued for Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall early Monday in northeast Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm officially made landfall near Jacksonville Beach around 12:10 a.m. with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph).

Beryl was expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain, with some areas getting as much as 12 inches. Forecasters predict the storm surge and tide will cause some coastal flooding in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

Because the outer bands reach 90 miles from the storm's center, the first rainfall and winds gusts reached Jacksonville-area beaches by mid-afternoon Sunday.

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After landfall, Beryl is expected to slowly move west-northwestward and then turn northeastward over portions of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia on Monday and Tuesday.

Beryl is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Monday night.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning for portions of Florida from the Volusia/Brevard county line north to Edisto Beach in South Carolina.

The system will bring rain chances to Central Florida over the holiday weekend, especially on Sunday and Monday.

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